N. B. Don't See It

Proof that the Olympics aren't exactly a news event to NBC: Today's 100-meter final -- among the most anticipated events of these Games -- isn't being shown live. You'll see what happened all right -- and it's plenty amazing, as the pre-race hype suggested -- but you'll have to wait a full 12-plus hours after the fact.

Thanks loads, NBC.

By Paul Farhi  |  August 16, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
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And addding insult to injury, at the time the race was happening in Beijing, NBC aired a fluff piece on Tyson Gay....

Posted by: Georgetwoner | August 16, 2008 1:44 PM

Unfathomably stupid coverage by NBC. While I don't agree, I guess I could understand if they didn't want to break from the basketball game in the middle of the first half. Fine. Then show the race during halftime, about 15 minutes after it happened. People could avoid the results for 15 minutes. But this damn thing is spread on the frontpage of every news and sports cite on the planet. What a buzzkill.

Posted by: Jim | August 16, 2008 2:12 PM

My two bits: I tried to find this race on TV this morning to watch live, but after seeing that it wasn’t on one of the three channels covering the Olympics on my cable service, I thought that it must actually be scheduled for this evening. Not so! Let me say that this a GREAT LETDOWN in NBC’s coverage! The 100m is “the” premier Olympic event. It should have been shown live!

Posted by: MHO | August 16, 2008 4:54 PM

What NBC wouldn't show you (from the French broadcast). Encroyable! (Warning: Spoiler Alert):


Posted by: Paul Farhi | August 16, 2008 5:35 PM

Considering this is the way NBC broadcast pretty much every important Olympic event of the two Olympics before this one, I'm not sure why anyone is surprised by this, They got the schedules switched so that all the swimming has been live, and this week's gymnastics (but not the event finals this week) were live, but that's pretty much it. Other than the marathons, some BMX racing, some diving preliminaries and the ever-present beach volleyball, EVERYTHING will be tape delayed 12 hours or more on the primetime show for the rest of the Olympics. Get used to it. After the excitement of this week's late-night drama, it's going to be quite a letdown.

Posted by: Fingerman | August 16, 2008 6:08 PM

Finally,after all these days, a few NBC commentators have begun correctly pronouncing the name of the host city, Beijing. (It is jing as in jingle bells) not "zhing" as if they all had a french accent. It is so embarrassing and sloppy that they have failed to pay attention to such a "detail". Don't they even listen!

Posted by: patricia ayers | August 16, 2008 7:08 PM

The problem here is that NBC evidently felt that it was an either/or situation with regard to showing the 100 meters live or during their primetime broadcast. But why? Why not do BOTH? It's a 10 second race! Who is going to object to seeing it a second time if they happened to have tuned in for both telecasts? For NBC to be broadcasting live from Beijing at the time the race happened and not to show it is just stupid. Major error.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 7:26 PM

This is so sad. NO MORE BEACH VOLLEYBALL! A "sport" played by basically in Southern California in "costumes" (can't even call them uniforms) to appease whom? The prototypical Olympic event, 100 meter dash, and they don't even show it live! I understand the 12 hour time difference, but this happened on a Saturday when it should have been shown. Who wants to watch overpaid NBA players (at least they're not destroying the village this year) play against, predominately amateurs. And don't even get me started on BMX events! Please, please, somebody stop NBC before they ruin the Olympics even more!

Posted by: Frustrated | August 16, 2008 7:28 PM

Well, cause writers like Wilbon, who have no interest in or knowledge of track, try to convince everybody that all 100 meter runners are dopers, but hypocritically don't question homeruns or tackles. NBC is just following the agenda set by ESPN.

Posted by: positive force | August 16, 2008 9:46 PM

NBC took TWO commercial breaks during the 1500 m men's final. The first one was two minutes I think. I was able to get CBC (in southeast Michigan)even though I don't get as good a picture as from NBC. When I checked back over at NBC eight minutes into the race, they were in another commercial already!

The race only lasts about 15 minutes. The Canadians ran no commercials until after some of the post race interviews.

Does NBC think Americans cannot concentrate on a race for fifteen minutes??

Posted by: Bill | August 17, 2008 1:19 AM

Please sign this petition to let nbc know what you think about delayed coverage.


Posted by: Brian | August 17, 2008 3:04 AM




Posted by: B.A. | August 17, 2008 1:37 PM

NBC has very American biased Olympic coverage. They only show the events where an American is competing and has a chance to win. They don't care about world renowned events only because an American doesn't have a chance to win. N.B. they didn't expect Dix to win the bronze in the 100m final!

You Americans, this is your great biased American journalism. Sad but true!


Posted by: North_Star | August 18, 2008 11:07 PM

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